Tour De Celeb - Coming soon to Channel Five
8 well known faces prepare for the toughest physical and mental trial on TV
• Jodie Kidd – model and TV presenter
• Hugo Taylor – star of Made In Chelsea
• Lucy Mecklenburgh – TV personality and ex-TOWIE star
• Austin Healey – England rugby legend
• Amy Williams – Olympic Gold medallist
• Darren Gough – England cricketer
• Angellica Bell – roving reporter of The One Show
• Louie Spence – Pineapple Dance Studios’ king of showbiz
For Immediate Release: 26.05.16
Channel 5 today announces a thrilling new four part series, Tour De Celeb, where eight celebrities have just three months to prepare for the toughest physical and mental challenge on TV and in the amateur cycling world, L’Etape du Tour in France. A brutal 146km of endurance cycling through the French Alps, from Megeve to Morzine, L’Etape is the ultimate racing cycling challenge and the third largest participatory event in world sport.
Sporting legends, Austin Healey, Darren Gough and Amy Williams will be joined by stars from the world of entertainment and reality, Louie Spence, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Hugo Taylor, Jodie Kidd and Angellica Bell, as they embark on an arduous training s regime to prepare them physically and mentally for the strenuous task ahead.
Throughout the series, training will be monitored by top-level coaches who will ensure the riders reach L’Etape start line in the best possible shape. These include Dame Sarah Storey OBE, Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian in cycling and swimming and Rob Hayles, the three-time Olympic medallist and double Track World Champion. Joining them is Asker Jeukendrup, an internationally renowned exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist and Ironman tri-athlete.
It won’t all be hard graft in the saddle. Along the way, there’ll be ‘team-bonding’ events, including the notorious Nuclear Races, aerial yoga and aqua cycling, as well as innumerable pampering sessions to ease the saddle sores. This will help forge the key relationships and esprit de corps required to take on this challenge of a lifetime. They’ll also participate in a number of warm-up events, including the Bostin Peaks cycling sportive and the White Rose Classic, so coaches can assess their progress for when the 8 riders are divided into two teams of 4, for the main event.
We’ll follow the competitors as they track their fitness journey via ‘Diary Cam’, for an access all areas look into their all-encompassing trial. There’ll be no hiding place, when the lactic acid kicks in, and we’ll be able to see who has done ‘the hard yards’ in training and who is ‘the weakest link’, as they battle the steep climbs and treacherous, high-speed descents of this notorious course . Tour De Celeb charts the personal journeys of our team, so be prepared for drama out on the road and back at base.
Tour De Celeb is partnered with ŠKODA. The series is produced by STV Productions and executive produced by Dan Korn, Series Produced by Stephen Lovelock, and commissioned by Ninder Billing, Commissioning Editor – Factual for Channel 5.
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